Pence: Space Force military branch to be established by 2020

Susan Walsh  AP

US Vice President Mike Pence, in a Pentagon address, described the creation of the Space Force as "an idea whose time has come".

This person will oversee the Space Force and report to the Secretary of Defense. It could, eventually, lead missions to other planets, including Mars.

In March this year, Mr Trump's National Space Strategy was said to recognise U.S. "competitors and adversaries have turned space into a warfighting domain".

But unlike another one of the president's highly publicized, seemingly improvisational ideas - the see-through, solar-paneled border wall - the Space Force moved a step closer to becoming a real thing this week. "Absolutely? Is a Space Force the best, or second-, or third-best way to do that? No". "But not too hard, 'cause it's stupid". No surprise, Pence is a huge fan of space. I mean, once you get past the idea, which is kind of insane, especially considering the amount of money this whole thing would cost and the need for that money to go elsewhere. The Air Force, after all, is run by pilots, not astronauts.

Vice-President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfills President Donald Trump's vow to ensure America's dominance in space - a domain that was once peaceful and uncontested that has now become crowded and adversarial.

The Pentagon's report was welcomed by some members of Congress. He also added that he does not want 'China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us'.

However, Mattis has now endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space war fighting forces and create a new command, the AP reports. Funding would have to be appropriated by Congress, something that the defense secretary, Jim Mattis, opposed when it was previously proposed, but he now says he supports the new force.

"We don't need Space Force", he added.

The Space Force will be a new department of the United States military which Trump has described as "separate but equal". We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", Pence said in a speech to U.S. military and civilian personnel at the Pentagon, citing threats from China and Russian Federation.

The Pentagon will also begin pulling space experts from across the military and setting up a separate acquisitions office dedicated to buying satellites and developing new technology to help it win wars in space.

"As a way to celebrate President Trump's huge announcement, our campaign will be selling a new line of gear", the PAC wrote in the email to its supporters. Another option (bottom left) has the same background as NASA's logo, but features the silhouette of a space shuttle along with "SPACE FORCE".

Another illustrated what Star Trek might be like with Trump as a character and many others chose to make sci-fi and pop culture references.

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